The Law of Enclosures by Dale Peck

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A lyrical, haunting story of love, loss, and the redemptive powers of art journeys inside the marriage of Beatrice and Henry, the parents of two children, Susan and John, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed novel Martin and John. Tour.

About Dale Peck

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Dale Peck was born on Long Island and is the author of several novels, including "Martin and John", a collection of short stories, and a family memoir. His short fiction has appeared in "Artforum", "BOMB", "The London Review of Books", " The New Republic", "The New York Times", and "The Village Voice". He also teaches creative writing and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995. He lives in New York.
Published May 19, 2015 by Soho Press. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After young Henry survives his operation, Peck shows the marriage of young Beatrice and Henry disintegrating in alcohol and distrust, petty insults and horrible affairs.

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This lyrical and boldly constructed novel contains a powerful 50-page childhood reminiscence by a narrator named Dale Peck wedged into a bifurcated portrait of a tortured marriage.

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Time Out New York

Taken from a novel by writer/provocateur Dale Peck, this charts the 40-year decline of a marriage, from its inception at a moment of personal crisis (to the backdrop of constant Gulf War televisual bombardment) to a point, after decades of petty routine, habit and argument, at which the submerged...

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Without consulting his wife, Hank impulsively decides to build their retirement home in a remote lakeside area -- one already inhabited by Bea's recently widowed lifelong friend Myra (Shirley Douglas), with whom he has a discomfitingly flirtatious rapport.

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